Glacier Bay National Park

Seeing the Sights of Glacier Bay National Park

Beardslee IslandsBesides for the magnificent glaciers, dramatic scenic backdrops, and amazing array of wildlife and plants, there are a few well known "sights" of Glacier bay many visitors recommend as "must sees".

Of course there is no way of summarizing such an incredible area on a webpage, but here are a few highlights.

Beardslee Islands

Located a short distance from Bartlett Cove, this area makes a great option for a kayaking day trip. Note that tides may cause water levels to vary by as much as twenty-five feet, and during low tides much of the area can turn to mud flats, so plan your visit carefully. This area is a great spot to see moose, bald eagles, bears, seals, humpback whales and killer whales.


Muir Inlet

Much of this inlet is off-limits to motorized boats during the summer months, making it an ideal area for kayakers looking for tranquility. The McBride Glacier, Muir Glacier, and Riggs Glacier are all tidewater glaciers accessible to kayakers. Seals, bears, moose, wolves, and other animals are likely companions while exploring the inlet.Huge Glaciers, photo courtesy of the Epplers and Good River Bed and Breakfast


John Hopkins Glacier

A massive tidewater glacier located in the bay's west arm. This glacier calves ice in such large quantities that it is seldom possible for ships to approach closer than two miles from the glacier's face.

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Glacier Bay Park

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